Deployment–Version 6.3 of Convert-WindowsImage.ps1 released

When I introduced VMCreator.ps1, I recommended the use of Convert-WindowsImage.ps1 for creation of the parent disks.  A new version – version 6.3 – of Convert-WindowsImage.ps1 has now been released.  Amongst other things, this new version supports creation of parent disks for Generation 2 VMs – very useful!  A new version of VMCreator.ps1 will be released… Read more

The Year in Migration 2013

It’s that time of year when the interwebs fill up with Top 10 lists and reflections on the year that’s coming to an end (btw, Migration Mark doesn’t get ‘twerking’). In that spirit, I thought it would be good to look at the state of tools and technology around VMware to Hyper-V migration this year and how… Read more

Windows Azure Pack Blog Post Overview on Building Clouds & TechNet

Windows Azure Pack blog posts on Building Clouds & TechNet You might be thinking, that was a lot of Windows Azure Packs blog posts going out on Building Clouds over the past two months, what’s going on? You are right, there has been a lot of blog posts about WAP or its related components. In… Read more

Federated Identities to Windows Azure Pack through AD FS – Part 3 of 3

In few of the previous posts, Anders Ravnholt discussed Installation & Configuration of WAP and Reconfiguration with FQDNs, ports and Trusted Certificates in detail. In this series, I will discuss how to configure AD FS and enable it to provide Identities to your WAP installation. Scenario Contoso Inc. is a Service Provider that hosts a… Read more

Federated Identities to Windows Azure Pack through AD FS – Part 2 of 3

In few of the previous posts, Anders Ravnholt discussed Installation & Configuration of WAP and Reconfiguration with FQDNs, ports and Trusted Certificates in detail. In this series, I will discuss how to configure AD FS and enable it to provide Identities to your WAP installation. Scenario Contoso Inc. is a Service Provider that hosts a… Read more

Federated Identities to Windows Azure Pack through AD FS – Part 1 of 3

In few of the previous posts, Anders Ravnholt discussed Installation & Configuration of WAP and Reconfiguration with FQDNs, ports and Trusted Certificates in detail. In this series, I will discuss how to configure AD FS and enable it to provide Identities to your WAP installation. Scenario Contoso Inc. is a Service Provider that hosts a… Read more

Deployment–Using existing SQL instances with PDT

During a discussion with some Microsoft consultants using PDT today for some more advanced deployment scenarios, I was reminded that there is a very useful feature of PDT that I have never blogged about – the ability to use existing SQL instances, instead of having PDT install SQL.  This feature has been part of PDT… Read more

Mobile Application Delivery with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and Windows Intune – Part 3A

Hi again, it’s Jeff Buller. I am a Program Manager on the Windows Server and System Center CAT team. This is the first of two posts on how to deliver Windows 8/RT applications to users, utilizing Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and Windows Intune. This post will discuss delivering a Windows Store application (deep-link) and the… Read more

Automation–System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog Cross-Post Update!

Hello Readers! I wanted to provide you with a quick update post today to let you know what our colleagues over on the System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog have been up to… As you may recall, I cross-posted something from Eamon O’Reilly about a month ago: Using the Service Management Automation feature of Orchestrator in… Read more

Automation – Fun with Orchestrator and SMA integration points

By now, you may have read Tiander Turpijnā€™s blog series on how Service Management Automation (SMA) Runbooks can call Orchestrator Runbooks (and vice versa). If not, I highly encourage you to do so, as the scripts used in this blog post build on the concepts Tiander explained! In this blog post, I will show you… Read more